At a time of record low unemployment, the problem we now face is not that people don’t have work, but that they don’t have good work. As the economy booms, low wages, limited benefits, and insecure employment are still the reality for many workers. What will it take to make sure everyone in the United States has quality jobs?
The Aspen Institute and Urban Institute have been exploring this issue through different vantage points to better understand the challenges that we face and the implications for policies and practices that improve job quality. And though the issue of quality jobs is one of national importance, solutions also need to respond to the needs of different places and communities across the country and include all people, regardless of race, gender, or other factors. Governments at all levels, businesses, and civic, labor, and community organizations have roles to play in addressing the need for quality work.
What do we know and what do we need to know so that we can build a world in which hard work truly leads to a dignified living? This conversation will bring together different experiences and perspectives to explore this question. We’ll be featuring a senior researcher from the Urban Institute together with Aspen Institute Job Quality Fellows from business, community development finance, and workforce and policy development who are working to create quality jobs in their communities.
- Amanda Blondeau, Business Services Director, Northern Initiatives
- Demetra Nightingale, Institute Fellow, Urban Institute
- Rick Plympton, CEO, Optimax Systems
- Caryn York, Executive Director, Job Opportunities Task Force